TechCrunch: Snapchat will launch Bitmoji TV, a personalized cartoon show

TechCrunch: Snapchat will launch Bitmoji TV, a personalized cartoon show. “Snapchat’s most popular yet under-exploited feature is finally getting the spotlight in 2020. Starting in February with a global release, your customizable Bitmoji avatar will become the star of a full-motion cartoon series called Bitmoji TV. It’s a massive evolution for Bitmoji beyond the chat stickers and comic strip-style Stories where they were being squandered to date.”

EurekAlert: Tweeting while watching TV diminishes enjoyment

EurekAlert: Tweeting while watching TV diminishes enjoyment. “Toggling between viewing entertainment and social media lessens a person’s ability to escape reality and enjoy a show, according to a new University of Connecticut study. Researchers studied an experience that has become increasingly common: More than half of television viewers aged 18 to 24 use a second screen web-connected device for engaging on social media to discuss what they are watching, according to previous research.”

Vulture: The Zombie Social-Media Accounts of Canceled TV Comedies

Vulture: The Zombie Social-Media Accounts of Canceled TV Comedies. “Social media has completely altered the way we think of and consume comedy. When it comes to TV comedies, though, hashtag-happy Twitter accounts and desperate Instagram captions don’t necessarily help — in fact, they might even encapsulate what doesn’t work about a show. As a follow-up to an old Splitsider post, we decided to dig into the social feeds for a dozen canceled TV series — several of them long gone, a few recently departed — to see what went wrong and what became of the accounts after the shows themselves got nixed.” I know I am old because I had not heard of any of these programs.

The Next Web: Twitch will marathon 886 episodes of Mister Rogers

The Next Web: Twitch will marathon 886 episodes of Mister Rogers. “After integrating Bob Ross so thoroughly into its culture (to the point where he’s started cropping up in actual games), Twitch is bringing another beloved, soft-voiced childhood icon to its platform with a Mister Rogers marathon. Twitch will show 886 episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood over a period of 18 days on a dedicated Mister Rogers channel.”

Recode: Amazon’s Twitch wants to stream some ‘choose your own adventure’ TV shows

Recode: Amazon’s Twitch wants to stream some ‘choose your own adventure’ TV shows. “Twitch wants to stream original programming, according to COO Kevin Lin, but with a catch: It wants to stream TV shows that are actually written and produced along the way with input from Twitch’s viewers. A kind of ‘choose your own adventure’ TV show.” TV McTVshowface.

Ars Technica: Snapchat lines up media companies to produce original shows for Snap TV

Ars Technica: Snapchat lines up media companies to produce original shows for Snap TV. “Snap Inc. is working with media companies to bolster Snapchat’s original content with mini, TV-like episodes. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Snap Inc. has signed deals with NBC Universal, Turner, Discovery, ESPN, Vice Media, and the NFL to produce original shows for Snap TV. The company is expected to announce new deals today with Scripps Networks Interactive, owner of Food Network, which will also create original shows for the social media outlet.”

Guy Creates 1990s TV Archive on YouTube

Josh Burdick, who recorded a lot of TV in the 1990s, has uploaded a bunch of it to YouTube. “1987-91 were my high school years and 1991-96 were my college ones, therefore I did quite a bit of recording during this time. Post 1996, it was time to start my career and move into adulthood so my time was much more busy with life and the recordings begin to diminish. Over the past 4 years, I converted the VHS tapes to DVD, ripped them video files, edited & uploaded to YouTube some of the most interesting clips.” There are over 1000 clips here, and he’s created several playlists by year. The selection of topics and clips is enchantingly random.

Google Will Start Showing Live TV Listings In Its Search Results?

Google is going to start showing live TV listings in its search results? “Searching for a show like ‘Game of Thrones’, for example, will show results for which channels are airing the show and at what times. This will appear alongside Google’s existing information, which indicates where you can watch the show using on-demand services, such as the Google Play Store or Apple’s iTunes.”

New Search Engine Finds Stills and Quotes from The Simpsons

Wired has a story about a new search engine for television show The Simpsons. “Frinkiac, named after Springfield’s favorite eccentric scientist, Professor Frink, landed on the Internet yesterday with all the subtlety of a Lard Lad Donuts mascot. It collects every quote from the first 15 seasons of The Simpsons, the most quotable show of the last two decades, and pairs them with screenshots from the exact moment they happened.” It sounds amazing. Unfortunately I am not very Simpsons-savvy, but even I know Mr. Burns and his trademark “Excellent” and, using that, found a ton of screenshots.

Bing Making TV Show Predictions

Bing is predicting the most popular TV shows this fall. “Using popular search terms from our users and historical data regarding what makes a TV show successful, Bing Predicts these ten shows will lead the season in popularity: The Walking Dead, The Bing Bang Theory, Empire, NCIS, Dancing with the Stars, Grey’s Anatomy, The Flash, Gotham, Supergirl and The Voice.” And I’ve never seen any of those shows so I have no snark to offer.

Twitter Getting Cozier With TV Content

Twitter is getting cozier with TV content. “Twitter is starting to make a bigger push for TV fans, networks and advertisers wanting to reach a primetime audience: The company has started to make its TV Timelines feature more widely available, and is adding shortcuts to the TV experience directly to its users’ tweets. TV Timelines is a feature that Twitter has been experimenting with for a few months now: It aggregates TV-related content through a separate interface within the Twitter app, consisting of a dedicated page for each TV show.

UCLA Launches Digital Archive for “In the Life” TV Show

The UCLA Film and Television Archive have launched a digital archive featuring resources from the LGBT show “In the Life”. “Created by John Scagliotti in 1992, ‘In the Life’ began as a variety-type show, but quickly evolved into a newsmagazine format, becoming an award-winning and respected source for LGBT journalism at a time when lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people were often invisible in media. Produced by In The Life Media, the series was the first — and remains the only — LGBT newsmagazine broadcast on public TV. “In the Life” ran in more than 200 markets around the country; its final episode aired in December 2012. The archive has 15 seasons of the show available online now. All 21 seasons — along with outtakes, interviews and other significant video content —will be available this fall.”